Metal grandmother and Holocaust escapee Inge Ginsberg dies at 99


Death metal grandmother and Holocaust escapee Inge Ginsberg has died at age 99. Ginsberg became a beloved figure in the metal world when she discovered metal music in her 90s and formed a metal band called Inge & the TritoneKings.

Inge & the TritoneKings exploded into the metal scene when Ginsberg was 93 years old. They released a video for “Totenköpften” (Laughter at death), which refers to the singer’s escape from the Holocaust during WWII. The Austrian-born woman not only escaped to a Swiss refugee camp when war broke out, but she also helped pass messages between Italian resistance fighters and the American OSS (which would later become the CIA ).

93yo Metal Grandma Holocaust Survivor Spy! “Totenköpfchen” (Laughter at death) -Eurovision Switzerland 2015

Ginsberg and her husband, Otto Kollmann, moved to Hollywood after the war ended and made careers writing songs for artists like Nat King Cole, Doris Day, and Dean Martin. In 2018, Inge was the subject of a New York Times Documentary focused on his metallic forays into later life.

“In American and even European culture, older people are left out of life… nobody really cares what you have to say,” Ginsberg said. “My concept of Heaven and Hell is that at the time of death you realize your life was full and good – this is Heaven. And if you think, ‘Oh, I should have done this or that ‘, I think it’s Hell. “

Friend and bandmate Pedro da Silva revealed at New York Times that Ginsberg died of heart failure.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to those close to Inge Ginsberg during this difficult time. May she be remembered fondly for her bravery and decades of contributions to music.

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